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Harvest '99

Posted: February 3, 2000

Harvest '99

Our coverage of the millennium's last harvest includes diary entries from prominent vintners, a slide show on winemaking and the latest headlines from the vineyards.

Harvest . . . the word usually evokes images of intense activity in the vineyard and the winery -- pickers filling baskets with plump grape clusters as they move from vine to vine in the early morning hours, while back at the winery the quiet anticipation is broken by loaded-down grape trucks rumbling up to the crush pad and the crusher-stemmer grating loudly back to life. Of course, this romantic vision tends to forget the nerve-wracking, the-equipment's-already-been-cleaned-twice and the-forecast's-been-checked-and-checked-again time spent waiting for the grapes to ripen.

In order to better understand how grapes morph from vine to wine, read diary entries of top vintners, take a look at the steps of winemaking and catch up on the latest harvest news.

Harvest Diaries
Get an inside look at the 1999 harvest in Napa, Bordeaux and Burgundy as top vintners bring us reports straight from the vineyards.
Winemaking In Pictures
How do the grapes get from the vineyard to the bottle? What are the steps in making a great wine? Learn the details of the process here.
Harvest News
Be it weather or other acts of God, we've got breaking news about the 1999 harvest from around the world.
  • Italian Winemakers Expect High Quality in 1999 Wines
  • A Harvest Blessing in Tuscany
  • Hailstorm Wreaks Havoc in Bordeaux
  • Cool Weather Delays Grape Picking in California

    Reports on the 1999 Southern Hemisphere harvests, which took place earlier this year:

  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • Chile
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